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Success! Wat Way Di from Thailand raised $1,500 for life-saving heart surgery.

Wat Way Di
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Fully funded
Wat Way Di's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2016.

Photo of Wat Way Di post-operation

August 20, 2016

Wat Way Di underwent successful heart surgery.

Before surgery, Wat Way Di felt very fatigued, had chest pain and dizziness, and had difficulty breathing. She couldn’t walk far without becoming short of breath. She also had trouble eating and sleeping. Now, Wat Way Di is recovering well and she can eat, sleep and walk well with more energy. She also can breathe easier than before. She can return home and can help with house chores. All of Wat Way Di’s family is happy to hear that Wat Way Di is doing well again and they cannot wait to see her.

“I am really happy for the treatment because it helps me to able to go back to work as a midwife again,” Wat Way Di shared. “I really want to thank all donors and staff for saving my life and I pray for all of them to be healthy and have good well-being.”

Before surgery, Wat Way Di felt very fatigued, had chest pain and dizziness, and had difficulty breathing. She couldn’t walk far without bec...

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June 16, 2016

Wat Way Di is a 23-year-old woman living in a refugee camp in Thailand with some extended family members. She was born in Burma to a family of three siblings and her father. Wat Way Di primarily relies on the food and healthcare provided by the refugee camp.

Three years ago, Wat Way Di started feeling fatigue, chest pain, and dizziness. She was unable to walk far without becoming short of breath. At times she had trouble sleeping and eating. She had to stop her schooling due to her symptoms, and has been living with her relatives in the camp. She is unable to work and at times has difficulty doing basic chores around the house, like cooking dinner. She also is unable to carry water in the camp, which is vital for their water supply. She returned to Burma last year to become a midwife, but was unable to complete her classes, and is now unemployed.

Wat Way Di likes to draw and, when possible, she draws different pictures.

She went to the camp’s clinic, and was referred to a local hospital for further evaluation. She was then found with non-rheumatic mitral stenosis, and was recommended for cardiac surgery. Mitral stenosis is when the mitral valve of the heart becomes narrow and dysfunctional, blocking blood flow into the main pumping chamber. Wat Way Di could not afford the procedure, and since then she has been on prescription medication. She currently treks to the hospital every two months to refill her prescriptions.

Two years ago, Wat Way Di tried seeking treatment for her symptoms in Burma while visiting her family, but after some imaging testing she was sent home without receiving any treatment. Wat Way Di explains that it is difficult for her family to access healthcare in Burma because they must have payment in full at the time of treatment.

For $1,500, Wat Way Di can have the surgery she needs. After she fully recovers, Wat Way Di anticipates being well enough to work as a midwife.

“I hope that once I receive surgery I can return to my village in Burma, become a midwife, and take care of women and children,” Wat Way Di says. “I believe that I can support my family through my work as a midwife.”

Wat Way Di is a 23-year-old woman living in a refugee camp in Thailand with some extended family members. She was born in Burma to a family ...

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Wat Way Di's Timeline

  • June 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Wat Way Di was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • June 20, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wat Way Di received treatment at Lampang Hospital in Thailand. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wat Way Di's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wat Way Di's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 20, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wat Way Di's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 48 donors

Funded by 48 donors

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